VAWNet has an updated collection now available: Violence in the Lives of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Medical folks, we generally get very little training on this issue, so it is absolutely worth your while to peruse the collection and consider what materials you may be able to use for future capacity-building.
April is both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month: two issues central to many of our practices, both of which can take a serious toll on clinicians. It seems like compassion fatigue (and its sisters, vicarious trauma and burnout) don’t get nearly enough attention in our professional circles. But really, they should–a recent study found that 85% of emergency department nurses surveyed reported moderate to high levels of compassion fatigue. I’d be interested in what the results would look like if they surveyed a group of forensic clinicians.
I’m hustling today, big time. The weekend was a busy one, with my kiddo heading back to school and deadlines closing in. So a short list for you today, but still interesting. Here’s what I’ve been reading since last we spoke:
The Children’s Safety Network is hosting a webinar March 20th from 2-3:30 pm MT, Recognizing and Responding to Trauma: The ACE Study and Trauma-Informed Care. The session is part of their 2014 webinar series, Improving the Mental and Emotional Well-Being of Communities Through the National Prevention Strategy.
I’m in court this week AND trying to finish off a brand new curriculum (a project I can’t wait to talk more about–just not yet), so it was a busy weekend prepping and writing. There were a few things, though, that caught my eye in moments of downtime. So here’s what I’ve been reading since last we spoke:
Just released is the CDC’s report Intimate Partner Violence in the United States 2010. You can read the full report, along with an executive summary and FAQs here. It’s by far a more in-depth look at the issue than what we’ve seen published by DOJ, and includes implications for prevention, as well as a look at the intersections of IPV, sexual violence and stalking. Healthcare providers, pay close attention to Chapter 7: Services and Disclosure Related to Intimate Partner Violence Victimization. Excellent information there for funding proposals and arguments for service expansion.
Time once again for Articles of Note, a look at some of the newest literature published in the peer-reviewed journals with the last 30(ish) days. There’s a lot to look at this month, although most of it requires a subscription or library access, sadly. It’s a pretty diverse lot this month, so you’ll want to wade through the list and see what catches your eye.
So yesterday I participated in NSVRC’s #TweetAboutIt Tuesday. The topic was older adults and healthy sexuality. And here’s what I love about participating in something like this. Within a minute (literally) of posting a question, I had in my (virtual) hands this fabulous document– Exploring the Sexual Rights of Older Adults: Toward Healthy Sexuality and Freedom From Victimization in Later Life (PDF). Hat tip to Benje Douglas at NSVRC who sent it my way.
I confess I was a tad jealous when I saw the tweets coming through from last year’s Roots of Change conference, sponsored by the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force and Men Can Stop Rape. Fantastic workshops and lots of great people getting to share the same space. While it doesn’t give me the feeling of networking with so many amazing colleagues, I was thrilled to at least get a chance to listen to the keynote presentations from the conference, thanks to PreventConnect.
WHO is offering a webinar, which “will focus on capacity for the prevention of family violence, and present WHO’s recently developed comprehensive training packages on the prevention of child maltreatment and the prevention of intimate partner and sexual violence.” The session will be April 3rd from 3-4pm CEST (that’s 9am ET).
The US Department of Health and Human Services and Futures Without Violence are hosting a webinar on teen dating violence and reproductive coercion. The session will be held February 27th from 2-3:30 pm ET. You can register for the session here. Sadly, I don’t have any more info on the session than this.
February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month. For those of you looking for an introduction to the issue, Break the Cycle is hosting a webinar on February 23rd, at 1pm ET: Empowering Youth to End Domestic Violence.
PreventConnect has a fantastic webinar coming up that I would strongly recommend: Links Between Bullying and Sexual Violence. The webinar will be offered twice, once on February 27th, and again March 2nd. Both sessions begin at 11am PST. The session will be centered around the recently published article, Bullying Perpetration and Subsequent Sexual Violence Perpetration Among Middle School Students (Journal of Adolescent Health).